Alarakhia Dossani

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Alarakhia Dossani
Town of birth
Country of birth
Date of Birth
  • 1852
Date of Death
  • 1918
Place of Death
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Place of longest stay
Profession or occupation carriedout for the longest period in life
  • Dukawalla-Merchant
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Born in 1852 Bhuj

Alarakhia worked with the Tejpar Gulamani family in Bhuj for almost eleven years from 1870 to 1880.

Alarakhia’s eldest son, Moloobhai (known as Bapa Moloo or Moloo Bapa or Moloo Missionary) was born in Kutch in 1874.

In the year 1880, Alarakhia, then 28, came to Zanzibar in a steamboat "AWAKA" alone for the first time leaving his family behind.

He served with Janmohamed Hansraj (for Rs.50/- per month, plus boarding and lodging) for 6 months and then went to work for Sewa Haji, grandson of Paroo, in Zanzibar for 11 years, up to about 1891.

Seva Haji Paroo was a very rich, generous man and was an influential personality amongst government officials. Amongst his charities is the Seva Haji Hospital now known as the "Muhimbili Hospital".

Alarakhia's salary in 1884 was Rs.100/- per month. Alarakhia lived at Sokomohogo, a district in Zanzibar, where Mohamedbhai was born in 1887.

In 1884 rest of Alarakhia's family consisting of mother Valbai, wife Janbai, son Moloobhai aged 10, and two daughters Sherbanu and Sikinabai joined him in Zanzibar from India.

Onboard the ship with them there also were Mussa Jetha, Mussa Jetha, Walli Natboo (A.G. Walli's grandfather) and his son Fazal Dilgir- the gentleman who later composed the Ismaili Anthem—Noore Rasullillah” -- Nurbanu and Esmail Paroo’s daughter is married into the Dilgir family).

Mrs. Valbai Dossani, Alarakhia's mother, and Moloobhai and Mohamedbhai’s grandmother, died in 1905.

In 1891 Alarakhia left the service of Seva Haji and started his own business with son, Moloobhai, then age 15, selling Arab silks, Indian foodstuff and also exporting goods to the mainland (Tanzania) at half percent commission.